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October 12, 2017 - 2:54 pm

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TOP STORIES

BBN--NLDS-CUBS-NATIONALS

WASHINGTON — The Chicago Cubs try to keep their pursuit of a second consecutive World Series title alive, facing the Washington Nationals in a deciding Game 5 of their NL Division series. The host Nationals have never won a playoff series. By Howard Fendrich. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos. Game starts 8:08 p.m.

FBN--EAGLES-PANTHERS

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Cam Newton is starting to look like an MVP again, while Carson Wentz is turning heads in his second year. The Carolina Panthers meet the Philadelphia Eagles in a battle of teams tied for the best record in the NFC at 4-1. By Steve Reed. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 8:25 p.m.

BKN--THUNDER'S BIG THREE

OKLAHOMA CITY — The latest edition of the NBA's Big Three resides in Oklahoma City — at least for one year. The trio of Russell Westbrook, Paul George and Carmelo Anthony has created a buzz around the league. Now, they need to figure out how to co-exist to be more than just a topic of conversation. The NBA's regular season begins Tuesday. By Cliff Burnt. SENT: 800 words.

OLY--PYEONGCHANG-TOKYO-TALE OF TWO CITIES

SEOUL, South Korea — The Winter Olympics coming to South Korea in February offer an example of the Olympian efforts often required to meet corporate sponsorship goals. Tokyo tells a different story: The coffers are already overflowing for the 2020 Summer Games. By Youkyung Lee and Mary Yamaguchi. SENT: 1,540 words, photos.

BASEBALL

BBA--ALCS

HOUSTON — The Houston Astros return to the championship series on Friday for the first time since 2005 with lefty ace Dallas Keuchel starting when they host the New York Yankees in Game 1 of the AL Championship Series. The Yankees, who are in the ALCS for the first time since 2012, haven't announced their starter. By Kristie Rieken. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 10 p.m.

With:

— BBA--ALCS-YANKEES-ASTROS MATCHUP CAPSULE. UPCOMING: 1,500 words, photos by 10 p.m.

BBA--INDIANS WRAPUP

CLEVELAND — The shock may linger for the Cleveland Indians now that their October is over. Favorites heading into the postseason, they're left to ponder how a special season that was supposed to end with champagne and a World Series parade got sidetracked so quickly. By Tom Withers. SENT: 810 words, photos.

NFL

FBN--CREATIVE CHIEFS

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Jet sweeps. Shovel passes to the tight end. The kind of option stuff you see only in college. And with the Kansas City Chiefs, whose coach, Andy Reid, is taking creativity on offense to a whole new level. By Dave Skretta. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 7 p.m.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

FBC--BIG 12-COACH P'S DEFENSE

FORT WORTH, Texas — TCU junior safety Niko Small remembers the adjustments he had to make when first getting into coach Gary Patterson's 4-2-5 defense. "It's like going from geometry to calculus basically," Small said. Patterson's defense is a formula that opposing coaches in the Big 12 have been trying to figure out since the Horned Frogs moved into the league. By Stephen Hawkins. SENT: 720 words, photos.

FBC--BIG TEN-ON THE JOB TRAINING

MADISON, Wis. — Seven weeks into the season and Wisconsin running back Jonathan Taylor seems to be adapting just fine to college football. At Illinois, a bumper crop of first-year players is getting on-the-job training about the rigors of the Big Ten. By Genaro C. Armas. SENT: 800 words, photos.

FBC--T25-CLEMSON-SYRACUSE

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Syracuse quarterback Eric Dungey is eager to show what he and the Orange offense can do when second-ranked Clemson visits the Carrier Dome on Friday night. The junior was knocked out of last year's game in the first quarter and the Tigers stomped the Orange 54-0. By John Kekis. SENT: 830 words, photos.

FBC--T25-WASHINGTON ST-CALIFORNIA

BERKELEY, Calif. — The fast start to the season under first-year California coach Justin Wilcox is a distant memory. Now the Golden Bears will try to snap a three-game skid when they face No. 8 Washington State on Friday night. By Josh Dubow. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 6 p.m.

Also:

— FBC--T25-ALABAMA-HOT HARRIS. By John Zenor. SENT: 520 words, photos.

— FBC--T25-AUBURN-JOHNSON'S STREAK. By John Zenor. SENT: 630 words, photos.

— FBC--T25-OKLAHOMA-TEXAS COACHES. By Cliff Brunt. SENT: 650 words, photos.

NBA

BKN--EASTERN CONFERENCE PREVIEW

Kyrie Irving decided to leave LeBron James to strike out on his own with Boston. If you come at the king, you best not miss. By Basketball Writer Jon Krawczynski. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos by 6 p.m.

BKN--WESTERN CONFERENCE PREVIEW

The pick to win the Western Conference title is in, and all eyes will again be on the Golden State Warriors. The defending champions have most everybody back and will be the runaway favorites for a fourth straight trip to the NBA Finals. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos by 6 p.m.

SOCCER

SOC--FIFA INVESTIGATION-QATAR

GENEVA — The Qatari president of one of Europe's most glamorous soccer clubs, Paris Saint-Germain, is under investigation by Swiss prosecutors for suspected bribery of a top FIFA executive to get World Cup broadcasting rights. By Graham Dunbar. SENT: 730 words, photos.

SOC--WORLD CUP-NO US

The 2018 World Cup will be a unique test of soccer's appeal in the United States. Will Americans still watch if their national team isn't there? Fox is certainly hoping so. The effects of Tuesday night's loss by the U.S. — which knocked the Americans out of next year's World Cup in Russia — may be felt for quite some time. By Noah Trister. SENT: 880 words, photos.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

BKC--PAC-12

SAN FRANCISCO — The Pac-12 men's basketball media day takes place and the conference announces its preseason poll. By Janie McCauley. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 7 p.m.

OLYMPICS

OLY--USOC ASSEMBLY

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Leaders at the U.S. Olympic Committee make their annual assembly address and are expected to discuss the fight against anti-doping and corruption in Olympic sports. By National Writer Eddie Pells. UPCOMING: 600 words. Speech starts 6 p.m.

GOLF

— GLF--CIMB CLASSIC — Justin Thomas begins defense of CIMB Classic 6 shots behind Cameron Smith. SENT: 380 words.

— GLF--ITALIAN OPEN — Defending champion Francesco Molinari shares lead at Italian Open. SENT: 260 words, photos.

— GLF--LPGA TOUR — Sung Hyun Park, 2 others share lead in South Korea. SENT: 290 words.

CAPSULES

— HKN--NHL CAPSULES

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Thursday Time Schedule (EDT)

Baseball (Division Series)

Chicago at Washington, 8:08 p.m.

NFL

Philadelphia at Carolina, 8:25 p.m.

NBA PRESEASON

Dallas vs. Atlanta at Atlanta, 7:30 p.m.

Sacramento at L.A. Clippers, 10:30 p.m.

NHL

Pittsburgh at Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m.

St. Louis at Florida, 7:30 p.m.

Dallas at Nashville, 8 p.m.

Minnesota at Chicago, 8:30 p.m.

Winnipeg at Vancouver, 10 p.m.

Detroit at Arizona, 10 p.m.

Buffalo at San Jose, 10:30 p.m.

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